”I am the best who will take Uganda Cranes to Brazil.” Tom Saintfiet
Belgian tactician Tom Saintfiet has thrown his name in the hat for the vacant job of Uganda’s national team coach. The position was deemed vacant following the notice of termination of contract that the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations served Scotsman Bobby Williamson yesterday.
Saintfiet, who was for 2 and a half years, national coach of Namibia, and has had stints as coach of Ethiopia and Yemen believes he has what it takes to lead the Cranes to unlikely glory.
“I have followed the Ugandan game for years. It is one of the most exciting teams in the region and the players have so much potential”, he told this reporter. “When I was coaching Ethiopia, I saw them play CECAFA games, and when I was coach of Yanga SC in Tanzania, I had one of their players in my team, who was really good. Together with him, we played and won the CECAFA Clubs Cup last year”.
Saintfiet, 40, lamented that Uganda has not been able to make it to major competitions in recent years, saying they have just been “unlucky”.
“But now is the time to take them to the next level,”, he said. “They can do it, and I want to help them. Uganda is only three points behind the group leaders in the World Cup qualifying, and if we can win the two home games against Liberia and Angola in June, it will change the dynamics of the group”.
Saintfiet holds the highest coaching license in football, the UEFA Pro License, and has 17 years coaching experience despite his relative young age. He was appointed Technical Director of Nigeria last year before political in-fighting put paid to that appointment.
“My representative has spoken to the FUFA leadership, headed by Mr. Mulindwa who is a gentleman that wants what is best for his country, and I shall be seeking an appointment to see him very soon, as I believe that we share a common vision – to see Uganda in Brazil in 2014, and in Morocco for the AFCON the very next year”, he concluded.